PHTY41200 Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals

Academic Year 2023/2024

Evidence Based Practice for Healthcare Professionals teaches healthcare professionals how to do effective literature searching and critical appraisal. Teaching is online and each lecture is recorded.

There are three assessments for this module at the following time points: The first assessment is submitted in Week 5 and requires students to submit a PubMed search strategy based on a focused clinical question of their choice. The second assessment is submitted in week 12 (last week of teaching term) and requires students to critically appraise the best available evidence on their chosen topic. The third assessment is following end-of-term and is a Multiple Choice Question exam.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

1. Formulate a focused clinical question and systematically retrieve best available evidence.

2. Critique methodology of Diagnostic Accuracy studies, Randomised Controlled Trials, Systematic Reviews & Meta-analyses.

3. Analyse statistics used in healthcare research eg Test Sensitivity/ Specificity, Relative Risk, Odds Ratio.

Indicative Module Content:

Systematic Literature Searching

Critical Appraisal

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Autonomous Student Learning


Online Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Assignment: Systematic literature search on a focused clinical question of each student's choice of topic Week 5 n/a Graded No


Examination: Multiple-Choice Questions 1 hour End of Trimester Exam No Graded No


Assignment: Critically Appraisal of the best available evidence on topic of student's choice Week 12 n/a Graded No


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Spring Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, 10 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 4 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 5, 7, 8, 11, 12 Thurs 11:00 - 12:50